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Traveling around Europe by car

Hello from rainy but beautiful Hamburg.

It’s been almost two weeks since we left Greece for good and believe me it was really hard to say goodbye, specially in the middle of the summer, but we did it!

Moving abroad is one thing, but taking a road trip around Europe during the procedure was a crazy idea that became a wonderful experience to remember for the rest of our lives. We packed our household, jumped in our car and drove about 2,200km to Hamburg – Germany which will be our station for a couple of months (depends on my husband’s work).

I don’t even know where to begin with this trip! Five countries in 7 days, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and finally Germany, I loved each and every one of them and I couldn’t pick a favorite even if my life depended on it. I promise in the future I will write about our experiences in all these countries but at the moment it is impossible to find the time to write a proper post since we are typically still on the move.

So here are some of the things we saw those days …

Serbia – Belgrade

Serbia and particularly Belgrade is not a famous destination yet but that’s exactly the reason why one should visit it while it still holds it’s original spirit. I loved walking next to Danube river and around the Bohemian quarter of the city, but words are not enough to talk about Serbian food! You may not have heard of it but Serbian cheese and cold meat are excellent to start with but what really stole my heart was those unbelievably yummy mini kebabs.

Hungary – Budapest & Szentendre

One of my favorite cities ever is Budapest probably because we’ve been there with my husband a couple of years ago as newlyweds. Another city built across Danube river with wonderful architecture, excellent food and legendary transportation. One of our favorite things to do is take the ride with tram No2 and enjoy the view of Danube and Buda. Take a day trip to Szentendre, a town only 30km away from Budapest and you won’t regret it. You will find there some of the most beautiful workshops from all kinds of artifacts. Personally I loved the porcelain plates πŸ˜‰

Slovakia – Bratislava

If I had to describe Bratislava in two words I would have to go with “hidden gem”. The old town in the center of Bratislava is where you need to be once you visit. It is full of pubs, bistros and young people and it’s definitely one of the newest and hottest destinations in eastern Europe.

Czech Republic – Prague

What can I say about Prague, the city that looks like a fairy tail! The architecture, the monuments, the river with the famous bridges, the things to do, the food, Prague has it all. Unfortunately Prague is a very famous destination and it’s hard to enjoy it’s beauty with all these crowds and therefore pictures were focusing on top of the buildings. Here’s also a failed attempt for a selfie (trying to convince my husband to get a selfie stick :p ).

Our road trip might be over but our moving abroad adventure just began and I haven’t even told you anything about Germany yet! Hopefully I will be able to come back to my ordinary program soon and share with you more pictures and some of the most amazing recipes I came across during this road trip.

Till next time…

Love Constance

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26 thoughts on “Traveling around Europe by car

  1. Great post! It’s incredible how much you managed to see in such a short period of time. Just based off of your descriptions, my mouth started watering for Serbian food. I’ve heard Prague is incredible busy in the summer. I’ve been in late October, and the crowds seemed to be much better if you ever plan another visit! All the best settling down in your new city!

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    1. Thank you so much for your wish, settling down will take some time considering that Hamburg is not our final destination! For the moment we have a household on the move :p Indeed Prague was super busy and I would love to visit again so thanks for the tip. As for Serbian food… I wish I had some of those kebabs right now! Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon again πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you Tracy! It’s so comforting to hear that from you πŸ™‚ Leaving home was one thing, but leaving Greece in the middle of the summer was a tough procedure. I already miss the Greek summer. On the other hand I can’t wait to start our new life πŸ˜‰

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  2. Loved traveling along with you on your way to Hamburg! We lived in Spain for 12 years when our children were small and made many road trips in our old van (once including Hamburg on our way to Denmark!)– I think it’s a whole different experience traveling as an expat– more context, more appreciation of ordinary aspects of places. Hope your stay in Germany is wonderful. Fun post!

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    1. Yes you are absolutely right Rhonda. It’s a whole new experience traveling as an expat. You learn to unlearn and see things from a different scope, more wide and probably closer to reality.
      You sound like a very interesting and adventurous family, I bet you have many great memories from those 12 years!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me but most of all thank you for your warm wishes. πŸ™‚

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        1. Officially Hamburg will be our station for a few months and then we will relocate again to another European city, probably Amsterdam, Brussels or Luxembourg. It depends on my husband’s job. Moving around like a nomad is not the easiest thing but we decided to take the chance and risk while our family is small. We have some good old friends here in Hamburg but I’m pretty sure we will meet new ones too.
          How did you decide to live in Spain for 12 years?

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          1. Hi Constance– I know there’s the complications of packing, moving, resettling in a new place. But your life sounds so exciting!! And you’re right. It’s best at the time in life when your family is smaller. We moved to Spain so my husband could teach in a seminary and pastor a small church there. It was hard to far from family for me– but overall we loved the people and the way of life there– slower and centered around friends and family. We had 2 small boys when we arrived and our 2 girls were born in Seville. We’ve been back a couple times to visit–and I’m wishing for another trip there soon. Hope your stay in Hamburg is full of new friends and places you love.

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  3. I felt as if I was sitting in the back of the car. You have taken me on a wonderful journey. (I think you know that I am confined to bed). You have it all on the blog. I am an avid cook, love to virtually travel, enjoy all thing inspirational. So glad we connected. ❀ πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey there, sorry for being late to get back to you but practically we are still on the move and I didn’t have internet access for the past few days. Yes, road trip is a unique experience. We had our own car, packed with our household because this was not just a vacation trip πŸ˜‰ Are you thinking of taking a roadtrip in Europe?

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